Join Dan Gookin for an in-depth discussion in this video Understanding apps, part of Android Essential Training (2015).
- You'll spend most of your time on your android phone or tablet running apps. App is short for applications. These are the programs that make your android do useful, interesting, or entertaining things. In this movie, you'll find an introduction to working with apps on your android. You'll see how to start an app, leave an app when your done, and switch between running apps. To start an app, tap it's launcher icon on the home screen. You can swipe left or right to view the home screen pages, and some apps may dwell in folders, in which case, you tap the folder icon to open it and then tap the app icon or launcher to start that app.
The app opens, filling the screen. You can now use the app doing whatever wondrous or fascinating thing the app does. Most android apps have similar features and controls. Once you become familiar with one app, using another is easy. The action overflow icon displays a list of actions or commands. Think of it as a menu button. Tap the back navigation icon to return to the app's main screen. Most apps feature a side menu icon in the upper left corner. Tap that icon to view the navigation drawer, which displays various options and additional actions.
You can choose the settings item to display the app's setting screen. That's where you can control the app's features and make other adjustments. Dismiss the navigation drawer by swiping it to the left off the screen. When you're done with an app, you leave it. The easiest way to leave an app is to tap the home icon. The app screen goes away, and once again you see the home screen. Don't worry about finding a quit or exit command in an app. Unlike a computer, you don't quit apps on your android. Instead, you just tap the home icon. When you can't find the app you want on the home screen, visit the app screen.
Tap the app's icon on the home screen. The app's icon may not look exactly like this one shown here, but it will be similar. After tapping the app's icon, you see the app screen. The screen lists all the apps installed on your android. It may show dozens of icons. Swipe it left or right to view the lot. On some devices, you may swipe up or down. The app screen may also feature folders, and if so, tap a folder icon to view the apps in that folder. A later video describes how the app screen works. For now, when you find an app, tap it's icon.
That app starts filling the screen. Leave the app by touching the home icon. Apps on your android continue to run after you leave them. This is nothing to be concerned about. In fact, it's simply the multitasking feature built into all android devices. To switch between running apps, tap the recent icon. If your device lacks a recent icon, long press the home icon. The list of apps is called the overview. Swipe it to peruse all running apps. To switch to an app, tap it from the list.
The app appears on the screen. To switch back to the previous app, tap the recent icon and choose another app from the list. To remove an app from the list, swipe it off to the side. This is the closest you get to actually quitting an app. Although removing an app from the overview doesn't guarantee that the app is actually stopped. Even though you don't really quit apps, some games do offer a quit or exit command. It's not necessary though, because to quit any app, you just tap the back icon a few times and you'll eventually either be returned to the home screen or you'll see a prompt asking if you want to exit.
Now don't worry if you don't see an exit command. In that case, it's okay to let the app run in the background. You might also find a quitter exit command on the app's navigation drawer. For example, I'll switch to Facebook. To sign out of Facebook, you would view the navigation drawer and then scroll down to locate the log out command. Choose it. And you're logged out. While you're logged out of the app, it still hasn't quit, it's still running, but you won't receive updates or notifications and it won't bother you in any other ways.
To exit, tap the home icon and go back to the home screen.
- Exploring basic Android operations
- Understanding the Home screen
- Connecting with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
- Managing apps
- Creating contacts
- Receiving and sending email
- Handling phone calls and accessing voicemail
- Using Google Hangouts and Skype
- Browsing the web
- Taking photos and videos
- Getting directions and finding locations with the Maps app
- Making appointments and setting alarms and timers
- Managing file storage
- Extending battery life
- Monitoring data usage